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Tuesday, 23 October 2012 (3031845)
Rufford singer's a hit after Arab Spring
by David Simister

A TALENTED young local singer-songwriter has appeared on Libyan TV after being inspired by the Arab Spring uprising.

Sophia Ben-Yousef, who lives with her family in Rufford, wrote and sung Carry On and was thrilled to see it played on a TV channel last week.

Sophia, 16, recorded a video of herself singing Carry On, sent it to Libya via the internet, and then sawthe recording of herself on Yutube.

Sophia, who attends Merchant Taylors Girls' School in Crosby, said: “I like to take inspiration for my songs from events that happen in my life. Last year the Libyan Uprising had a significant affect on my family and I found a way to express myself and the impact it had on me personally through music.

“I was absolutely trilled to have my music played on Libyan TV, and to see that they see it as a message of hope. I am very excited about getting it recorded.”

Sophia was also scouted by the organisers of the Open Mic contest at an event in Formby earlier this year, but due to her being 15 at the time she had to decline due to being too young to take part. She is, however, keen to take part in next year's contest.

The song, Carry On, was inspired by the events in Libya last year, which saw some of the bloodiest conflict of the Arab Spring due to Colonel Gadaffi's determination to cling to power. Following the implementation of a British-backed no fly zone and the dictator's death, the country is now being run by a transistional government.

Proud mum Lynn said: “We have family in Tripoli, and were deeply affected by the events in Libya. The Libya TV station put it on their website as a message of hope, and we were so thrilled with the response.

“Later that evening our nephew called up from Tripoli to say had just watched Sophia playing her song on TV. They had used the link to her YouTube and broadcast it on the six o’clock cultural program.”

To see Sophia's video go to our website at


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